From the first bars of the opening title track “How could we be wrong?” I knew I would enjoy this album from Liverpool based musician/songwriter James J Turner. Having had a long career fronting bands James has turned his talents to writing and performing as a solo artist. The influences of his native city are imbued in his songs with driving rock rhythms combined effortlessly with a Irish folky feel. A band that consists of accordion, violin and cello, together with the guitars and rhythm section, provides eclectic settings to James songs and he too adds whistle and bodhran to his noteworthy guitar skills.
The instrumentation never dominates but always allows James passionate vocals to convey the down to earth authenticity and simple wisdom his lyrics bring. The songs have simple but memorable melodic lines with “Walk the Bridge”, “Forever No More” and “How Could We Be Wrong?” the stand out tracks for me. Janet M Roe June 2012
Artist’s website: http://www.jjturner.com/